[plug] Trying to comprehend Open Source speak

Ian Kent raven at themaw.net
Wed Nov 7 16:17:29 WST 2007

On Wed, 2007-11-07 at 15:38 +0900, Bruce M. Axtens wrote:
> The documentation for a SNOBOL-style library at
> http://www.dmitry-kazakov.de/match/match.htm says:
> "As a special exception, if other files instantiate generics from this unit,
> or you link this unit with other files to produce an executable, this unit
> does not by itself cause the resulting executable to be covered by the GNU
> General Public License. This exception does not however invalidate any other
> reasons why the executable file might be covered by the GNU Public License."
> What does that mean in the situation where I compile the code into a Windows
> DLL and use it in my commercial application? Does it force me to release the
> whole of my application under the GPL?

This isn't Open Source speak, it's licensing speak.
Anything that anyone says, who isn't totally up on the legal aspects of
licensing would be speculation, seek legal advice.


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